Respectable Women Don’t Wear Pants

Nowadays, not wearing underpants is a statement. It’s an act of seduction or daring or extreme forgetfulness. Going commando is whispered and giggled about. It’s funny and possibly sexy and definitely out of the ordinary. However, in the 18th century, respectable women didn’t wear pants, only whores did. When I first started looking into clothing, … Continue reading Respectable Women Don’t Wear Pants

Bracelet of woven hair

It took me by surprise, her bracelet of woven hair. I was meandering through the brilliant — and, sadly, finished — exhibition, Emma Hamilton, Seduction and Celebrity, at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Slowly moving between the many cabinets of silver trinkets and china souvenirs from Germany and the love letters. The oil paintings … Continue reading Bracelet of woven hair

Power to the weaker sex

Last week on holiday I read The Power - Naomi Alderman's award winning science fiction novel - and I still feel it tingling in my fingertips. It's a shocking book. The central premise is that women suddenly develop the physical advantage over men and our world order is turned on its head. And I keep wondering: is it that simple?

Green Turtle Orgy

From the mid-18th century to the early 19th century, there was no better way for an Englishman to spoil his guests and indulge like a king than to serve Green Turtle. It connected the British to the fruits of their exotic and expanding empire while also asserting an elitism of taste and wealth...